Q What are the diabetic effects on feet?
Understanding the serious and sometimes devastating effects that diabetes can have on feet will help you make the best decisions about your health in general and more specifically, in your foot care. Dr. Danciger is highly dedicated to the foot health of his diabetic patients for the following reasons:
- When you have diabetes, you are at risk for nerve damage in your feet, which is called neuropathy. This affects your ability to feel pain, heat and cold.
- Neuropathy can cause a small injury to go unnoticed and impaired circulation often makes it difficult for wounds to heal. It is not unheard of for a tiny blister to eventually lead to amputation.
- Neuropathy can change the shape of your feet and toes requiring a patient to wear special shoes.
- Diabetes can cause skin to become dry and cracked, leaving skin at risk for infection.
- Calluses and ulcers on the ball of the foot, the bottom and sides of the foot are common.
- Diabetes affects circulation, which can cause feet to be cold and impacts the healing time of infections and injuries.
If you have diabetes, it is important to have your feet checked on a regular basis. Dr. Danciger can identify problem areas to watch or current problems that need to be addressed and treated before they become worse. Please call our office today if you are in need of diabetic foot care (760) 568-0108.